Robert "Brownie" Brown
Robert "Brownie" Brown, 74, passed away on April 10, 2021, after succumbing to a sudden and brief illness.
Brownie was born on July 22, 1946 in The Dalles, Oregon, to Ralph and Emma Brown. In 1952 they made their way to Santa Rosa, CA, where they raised their young family. Bobby was an athlete his whole life, excelling in both baseball and basketball. A proud panther, he graduated from SRHS in 1964. He went on to play baseball at Cal State LA and returned to Northern CA after graduation.
Back in Santa Rosa, Brownie worked his way up through the ranks at Angell Distributing and eventually became part-owner with Bob Angell at the Mendocino County location, thanks to his amazing work ethic. He was passionate about the beer business and his work hard/play hard attitude was admired by many. "Go, go, go!" was always his philosophy.
After retiring in 2009, Brownie spent his time golfing, exercising, traveling, reading, rooting for the SF Giants and spending time with his five grandchildren. In 2015 he moved with his wife Jan to the Boise, Idaho area where they continued to golf, exercise, fish and travel.
He is survived by his loving wife Jan, daughters Emily (Rod) and Katie (Dave), and grandchildren Olivia, Amaya, Gabriella, Max and Sam. He is also survived by his siblings: Mary Covington (Marilyn), Judy Lucas (Gary), Doug Brown (Lynne) and many nieces and nephews.
We will all miss our goofy and loving "Brownie/Bob/Papa" so very much but will undoubtedly find comfort in all of our great memories of him. He will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Papa.
Published in Press Democrat from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2021.